A Mom in Red High Heels - Beauty & Style Tips for Moms
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As a female entrepreneur, looking to build a personal brand on social media, you understand the importance of posting pictures of yourself so people begin to recognize you and your brand.
This post is sponsored by Oral-B.
Q: How many selfies do you need to take before you have the perfect one to post?
A: As many as it takes!
Sometimes, that can be a LOT!
However, sometimes it can drain your energy to take and post so many pictures of yourself, especially if you are an introvert like me. [I am an extroverted introvert, I can turn it on but prefer to work behind the scenes].
Since you need to be visible and get your brand out to the world, let’s make the selfie routine easier on you so you can focus on producing great captions instead of getting frustrated by the process of taking good selfies.
6 Ways to Take Better Selfies for Instagram
1. Lighting is key – natural daylight will give you the most natural look so sit near a window or go outside to take your pictures. If you need to use lights, opt for cool-tone bulbs rather than warm-tone lights like house lights. You can purchase an inexpensive selfie light that clips to your phone or invest in a Diva Light, which is great if your space doesn’t have good natural light. 2. Brand Your Look– as an entrepreneur, you know the importance of good branding. Make sure your outfits, background and accessories compliment your business brand so that your Instagram feed has a consistent look. 3. Use a tripod– I like to take selfies using my tripod and photo timer. The camera can be placed further back and doesn’t make my nose look bigger than it should (seriously, though!). If you don’t have a tripod, at the very least, invest in a pop-socket. It was a serious selfie game-changer for me! 4. Angles matter– I am adamant about not wanting to have my picture taken from a level lower than I am. I hold (or mount) my camera at an angle that is eye -level or higher. I also prefer side shots to be of my left side. Find your best angle and work it. 5. Move and groove– use the burst feature on your smartphone to take a bunch of photos at once while you move from position to position. You may capture an amazing hair flip or side eye that is adorable! This works best if you are using your tripod so the camera is not moving while you are moving. 6. Be confident with your smile– If you don’t love your smile, it shows. If you are not confident with your smile, people will wonder if you are confident with your business. Take amazing care of your smile by using good oral health practices of brushing and flossing, apply balm to keep your lips smooth and add your favorite gloss or color before you start your mini-selfie shoot!
When it comes to selfies, there is no debate, your smile is your best accessory!
A great smile is not about perfect teeth, it’s about healthy teeth and gums! What if I told you that you could do something to make you feel even more confident when you smiled? What if I shared a tool that will help your gums and teeth be healthier? That would be something to smile about, right?
Yes, I agree! It’s time to power-up your oral care routine… literally. Save the manual toothbrush the dentist gives you during your cleaning visit for cleaning behind the bathroom faucet. It is time to upgrade to an electric toothbrush and improve how well you clean your teeth and gums!
Even if you use a battery-operated toothbrush, it isn’t doing the job that an electric toothbrush can do!
The Oral-B 1500 has a few great features that I find important for effective teeth cleaning:
Built-in pressure sensor that lets you know when you are putting too much pressure on your teeth and gums. When you push too hard, it wears your teeth out and you end up having to get those repaired down the road. I’ve had my canine teeth deteriorate at the gum line due to brushing too hard so I’m speaking from experience here!
The brush is designed to reach between the teeth which helps remove more plaque (300% more than a manual toothbrush).
The Oral-B 1500 has a timer on the handle that signals you every 30 seconds to move on to the next section of your mouth. It also lets you know when you have brushed for the recommended 2 minutes, giving you the best results for clean teeth!
When you take great care of your teeth, you can feel confident when you smile for each and every selfie! I can testify that my teeth and gum health improved when I started using an Oral-B electric toothbrush! The Oral-B 1500 is a great one to start with!
Don’t you hate when you try a new makeup product and it causes you to breakout, irritates your eyes or wears off before noon? Ugh, me too! It is so frustrating to spend money on something that turns out to be a dud.
That is why it is so important to buy based on word of mouth. You can read reviews, take the advice of your favorite bloggers or ask your BFF but make sure you get some recommendations before purchasing new makeup.
Another great way to get recommendations is by purchasing “fan favorites” of a brand you know, like and trust. You can be sure that if it is popular with the regular customers, it must be something special!
This is true for the IT Cosmetics’ IT’S All About You! Your Customer Favorites Collection.
This collection is filled with products that IT Girls define as “life-changing.”
This exclusive four-piece collection features a NEW! brow-transforming essential (look at that triangular tip!), a lip-loving favorite in a new shade, an illuminating complexion must-have in new shades—plus a perfectly paired brush!
First, create the look of your fullest, most natural-looking brows with the NEW! Brow PowerFULL Universal Volumizing Eyebrow Pencil. This pencil creates the look of real hair for your fullest-looking, most beautiful brows! The pencil adheres to skin for long-lasting wear, and comes in one universal shade that adjusts to all hair colors based on pressure.
Use your included Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush No. 702 to flawlessly apply your Supersize CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+. The CC+ Illumination Cream is complete skin care, SPF 50+ sun protection, and full-coverage foundation with a subtle touch of luminosity and radiance. Infused with antiaging ingredients including hyaluronic acid, peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and silk, CC+ Illumination Cream gives you that light and je ne sais quoi of beautiful skin without using glitter or shimmer, which I appreciate as a woman over 40!
Finally, apply your new HONEY shade of Je Ne Sais Quoi all over your lips for your most beautiful finish. This treatment contains nourishing butters and oils, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants for your softest, smoothest-looking results.
IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You! Your Customer Favorites Collection celebrates products that are truly life-changing for IT Girls everywhere! This Today’s Special Value (TSV*) is scheduled to debut on QVC Saturday, March 9, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only but is available for presale NOW! Yep, that’s right! I’m hooking you up with the presale!!Be one of the first to get the NEW Brow PowerFULL Universal Volumizing Eyebrow Pencil!
*Each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day.
Let me know how you love it! Comment below or on Instagram. Find me at @amominred
Do you ever get stuck in the mundane, doing the same things over and over again?
Our family has, for sure.
One day over Christmas break, I was ready to try something new. An adventure of sorts.
Every woman knows when you are seeking adventure, you have to have the right shoes. Fabulous, stylish, comfortable and appropriate for the adventure. The Tour Mesh SAS Shoes that I wore, checked all the boxes (and bonus that these are red!!).
As a mom and work-from-home entrepreneur, I often have the need for high-comfort footwear but I insist the shoes be stylish. I am a firm believer in dressing head-to-toe. Shoes should never be an afterthought. [yes, I’m one of those women who make shoe contact before I make eye contact. Don’t judge me. I can’t help but admire fabulous shoes]
I knew I had a winner when my 14-year-old daughter told me she would definitely be borrowing them from me! Aren’t they fabulous?
A few details you should know before shopping these SAS Shoes….
They run large. I read the reviews online that said they did. I usually am between a 9.5 and 10 so I ordered the 9.5. I definitely think I could have worn a 9.
The Tour Mesh comes in 10 color options! Of course, the red was my first, and obvious, choice!
They are available in narrow to double wide width
They have a removable footbed, shock absorbing mid-sole and flexible outsole. They are supportive and flexible. See? I told you… comfort!
If you are shopping for a comfortable, stylish shoes, I recommend these! I’ve been wearing them everywhere… coffee dates with my hubby, basketball games, and all kinds of day-to-day functions.
You’ll see that the SAS Shoes were the perfect pair of shoes for the day…
Tossing aside our regular excuse of “not wanting to fight traffic,” we hit the road for a day trip to L.A. You see, there is a really cool bookstore there that has been on our to-do list for over a year so we made that our destination. It is called The Last Bookstore and is located in downtown L.A.
Of course, the first thing my husband did, once we decided to head to L.A. was to see how far The Original Tommy’s (famous for it’s chili cheese burgers, a favorite since his days in pharmacy school) was from the bookstore. Turns out, just a few miles, so lunch was planned.
After we ate our share of really bad-for-you-but-tastes-so-good food, we headed to the bookstore. I was actually surprised how many people were walking around downtown on a Saturday afternoon. I had never been “downtown” L.A…. it’s a typical downtown. LOL… high rises, homeless people and people shopping, eating and going to the various businesses that were open.
Turns out a LOT of them were going to The Last Bookstore. WOW, was it busy! Being Christmas break and a Saturday, we think it was maybe busier than usual but we can’t confirm.
Both kids were having major anxiety. See, the store, even without the mass amounts of people, is jam-packed, over stimulating and BIG. As parents, we struggled a bit with letting them go off and explore due to the number of people so we stayed close.
We intended to do some really great pictures in the store because they have so many unique photo spots (they’ve become Instagram famous) but my daughter was having none of that. She is great in front of the camera but not when there are people waiting for you to finish taking your pictures so they can take their pictures.
So, we wandered and wandered and wandered. The store kept going up and up. The space is huge!
Eventually, we made it back down to the music section, which had thousands of albums (yes, vinyl!)!
My daughter actually ended up buying several, not for the music, but to use to hang on her walls (she outlined her mirror with 45’s. It turned out really cute!)
The experience was really unique and we decided we’d like to go back, on a less busy day, to really explore the books.
I’d say the field trip was a success and the shoes were absolutely perfect.
Thank you to SAS Shoes for the complimentary shoes! All opinions are my own (yes, they are fab!)
My family is getting harder to shop for. The kids are getting older and just want gift cards. My husband pretty much has all the “toys” he wants (aside from a sail boat and honey, that ship has sailed…). I’m was a little stuck, to be honest. I hate buying gifts just for the sake of buying gifts. I wanted it to be something they will love and use.
I was looking for something unique but fun for each of them.
And, I found it!
Have you been looking for a cool gift that is high-tech, useful and unique, too? Any number of people on your list would be the perfect recipient of a gift like that, right?
It doesn’t have to be something crazy or hard to find. In fact, you can head over to your local Walmart and get it at a discounted holiday price!
It is a high-tech brush that connects with your smartphone, using the Oral-B app via Bluetooth technology. The app has Position Detection technology to ensure you are not missing any areas in your mouth. It gives you a pressure alert to make sure that you don’t overbrush your gums and it makes sure you brush for the recommended two minutes! So fancy!
You can even show the app, along with your tooth brushing results, to your dentist or hygienist and they can input personal recommendations for you into the app.
That’s pretty high-tech for a toothbrush, isn’t it?
And, it’s unique. It’s not something you think to put on your wish-list but trust me, it is something the recipient will be grateful for–for a very long time!
The Oral-B Genius 8000 gets teeth super clean and the hygienist will be so impressed! Consider it an oral health upgrade!
It’s really the perfect gift for teens and young adults because they don’t want mom reminding them to brush, but, can we just agree, they need the reminding to brush well?
Hey, let the app tell them to stop pressing so hard or to brush longer. I’m cool with that. Maybe they’ll listen because it is technology!
Are you beginning to see how the Oral-B Genius 8000 is a winning gift idea for anyone?
Pick up one (I like the Orchid Purple color), or more, at Walmart today and give the gift of great oral health to someone you love!
Finding the right gift to give can take time but you are out of time! Yikes! Christmas is next week! My Fabulous Gifts for Fabulous Women Gift Guide will help you find the perfect gift for all of the women in your life! Hurry though, click and shop today so it arrives on time!
Give the Gift of Personal Style with stunning earrings as unique as she is! AU-Rate offers the most amazing earring collection! Their pieces are really fun and oh so pretty! What I really love is they offer earrings not as a pair but as singles so she can really let her personality shine by mixing the pieces as she desires! I really love this idea of creating your own pair with any two single earrings!
My recommendation: The Tribar Ear Jacket, paired with the Mini Earcuff with Diamonds, (shown above) is versatile in design because the middle bar can be worn alone, giving her another style option.
Style is embracing who you are and wearing things your own way, AU-Rate really supports that with their beautiful high-quality jewelry. In addition to earrings, you’ll find rings, necklaces and bracelets as well. All the pieces real gold and offered at great prices so you’ll be able to find something perfect for her! If you are running out of time or simply don’t know which style to give, a digital gift card from AU-Rate is always a great choice!
Give the Gift of Moisturized Skin with pure and nutritional skincare products made plants by ellovi. Winter takes a toll on our skin with heaters running and cold air outside. No one likes to walk around with chapped skin or lips! Ellovi Lip and Body Butters are soothing to the skin and made with only 6 natural ingredients! BONUS: The Body Butter comes in a 3.4 ounces (100 ml) TSA approved size jar so she can take it with her where ever her adventures take her!
My recommendation: The 16-Piece Evertyhing Ellovi Set which includes both Lip and Body Butters to keep her skin nourished all winter long! The individual pieces are perfect for stocking stuffers or teacher gifts!
Give the Gift of Fancy Treats from Maggie Louise Confections! I don’t have to say much more than this: Chocolate Heels. I mean really, this is such a perfect gift for any woman who loves a little glam in her life!
My recommendation: Hello, Gorgeous box of chocolates (shown above). If you are on a budget, the Mini Hello, Gorgeous is budget-friendly and fabulous!
Give the Gift of Time. MVMT watches are elegant and the perfect accessory for everyday style. Great design doesn’t have to be expensive, MVMT has proven that! This gift will be with her for years to come! (Hint, need extra savings? Check out the Sale section!)
My Recommendation: Santa Monica women’s watch (shown above) is both edgy and elegant. I love it’s simplicity! Pair it with any one of the MVMT bangles for an extra special gift!
The Gift of Feeling Fabulous with personal styling services! Each style service is customized to her needs so whether she wants a total makeover or a subtle update, I will help her feel fabulous in what she is wearing. Simply email me at email@example.com to discuss purchasing a gift certificate!
My Recommendation: From Frustrated to Fabulous One-on-one Style Coaching Program
Whether you are shopping for you mom, your spouse, friend or hair stylist (She is like your BFF. stylist and therapist all rolled into one, she needs some love!), these gift suggestions will definitely make her feel loved!
Leave me a comment if you have any questions or need further help with gift giving ideas! xx
This post was in partnership with Nakturna, all opinions are my own.
It is no secret that I am in a battle against aging.
Frankly, I have not enjoyed the physical changes that occur with aging. I’m definitely no longer sitting back and taking it!
There are a lot of changes that happen within our body as we age like slowed metabolism, dulling skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, slower recovery from injuries, worsening eye site, less bone density and so much more.
Ugh, am I right?!
Fortunately, we can do something about most of these things.
We can spend less time in the sun and when we are in the sun, wear SPF.
We can exfoliate, reduce our caloric intake, perform weight-bearing exercises, read with good lighting and take supplements.
Today, I want to talk to you about one specific antioxidant that will actually help with many of these signs of aging.
Glutathione is called the Master Antioxidant because it is the only antioxidant found in every cell of our body. As we age, our body starts to produce 1% less each year, starting around age 20. With supplementation of glutathione, we see benefits like:
increase in muscular performance, endurance and recovery
improved liver and immune system functions
improved appearance of the skin
I am specifically interested in the impact it has on our skin. Without natural glutathione, our skin becomes dull, grayish and wrinkled because without glutathione, cells die. Replenishing levels of glutathion, which protects against cellular free-radical damage is important to looking and feeling young. Glutathione helps our skin be brighter and smoother.
There is actually a ton of scientific information you can read about in support of a glutathione supplement so I definitely recommend you do some additional research on your own. It is really important that we replace what our body no longer fully produces naturally.
I have been using Nano Glutathione. It has been “clinically proven to restore vitality and youth,” as stated by Nanoceutical Solutions (YES, please!).
What is unique about Nano Glutathione is that, until recently, you could only get glutathione through injections but Nano Glutathione has created a sublingual liquid form. This means, you place the liquid under your tongue so it can be quickly absorbed. The flavor is a tangy citrus that is pleasant.
I was actually having some odd cystic breakouts before I started Nano Glutathione and that has cleared up without re-occurrence since I started taking it. My skin also feels more supple and looks less dull. With longer use, I expect I will see continued improvement! I am also looking forward to increased energy, which is promised with regular Nano Glutathione use. As you know, it takes time to notice long term changes when using supplements.
Skin health starts from within your body. I know we talk a lot about the importance of good skin care routines, products and sun protection but if you are not healthy from the inside out, it will show on your skin.
Give yourself the gift of good health for 2019. Incorporate Nano Glutathione into your daily routine for improved health and younger looking skin! The following statement is enough for me to continue my use of the product:
“After only a few months of supplementation with Nano Glutathione my patients are reporting increased energy, improved sleep quality, improved skin texture, and joint pain relief. Nano Glutathione is recommended for anyone who is looking to make an investment into the quality and functional longevity of their health.” Dr. Amanda Boone
I am so excited about this and am having my husband start using it as well for his joint pain and struggles with sleep!
You can currently get 30% off your order of a 3-month supply at nanoceuticalsolutions.com.
Leave a comment if you have any questions!
This post is in partnership with Nano Glutathione, all opinions are my own.
There are so many great styles available in the world but they definitely don’t all speak to you, do they?
That’s actually good… it means that you have an awareness of what you like and don’t like for your body and personality.
You also need to consider your lifestyle!
There have been plenty of times that I have seen something absolutely gorgeous that I wanted but just were not a fit for my lifestyle of “work-from-home, mom taxi, cheerleader at all sport events my family participate in” life.
Hello 4 inch wedge or leather skinny jeans. You are so hot but if I invested in you, you would just sit lonely in my closet but once or twice a year. And, it makes me a little sad but until my budget gets so big that I can afford to buy things that only get worn a minimal amount, they have to stay at the store.
I did recently buy a really great pair of blue velvet 4 inch block heels and I have worn them exactly once. But, it doesn’t matter, I bought them with a gift card I received for my birthday so I have no guilt. They spoke to me in a big way, what can I say??
What to Consider Before Making a Wardrobe Purchase
When you are shopping, consider:
your body type
your style personality
If something doesn’t fit all 4 categories, it shouldn’t come home with you.
The budget and lifestyle criteria are pretty easy to figure out.
The body type takes some honest assessment and a few minutes in front of a mirror while naked. Get the details here.
The one I get most excited about is the Style Personality!
I mean, did you even know you had one (it may not yet be defined!)?
Your personal style comes from understanding what you like and dislike in your world, not just your closet. Grab your journal and answer these questions or better yet, create a vision board!
Start paying attention to the type of stationary you like to use when you write thank you notes. Are they crisp white cards or a floral hand-drawn design? Are the colors bold or pastel? Are they abstract or pictures of nature?
If you could buy any type of furniture to fill your home, what would it look like? Modern, farm house, contemporary, antique?
What celebrity style do you like? Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Hoda or one of the lady’s in Ocean’s 8?
Where is your ideal place to live? Country, city, beach, and artsy small town?
When you admire someone’s jewelry and envision yourself wearing it, what does it look like? Is it bold, dainty, colorful, metallic, natural material?
When you start to pay attention to what you like, you start to see similarities.
Are you finding a lot of the things you like are soft and feminine? What about edgy? Maybe sophisticated and modern? Start looking for pieces to add to your wardrobe that are similar to the styles in other areas of your life that you like! You can also take my style personality quiz to help you discover your style personality foundation.
Being aware is the key to building a wardrobe that you love!
Brief Description of Your Business:
I coach women to empower their children, and themselves, to take ownership of their bodies in an effort to end rape culture.
What was your inspiration to start your business?
Being a woman was the inspiration for my business. I was sick and tired of what was taught to me as a child growing up deemed “sexual education” and what was taught to boys. I got sick of seeing the #metoo movement as well as having to repeat any of the many stories I have that lined up with the #metoo – #timesup movements. And I never want my daughters to go through anything that I went through.
What has been your biggest business challenge and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge is that I’m talking about sex. And the only way to overcome it is to talk about it. Sex is the scariest subject/activity that everyone participates in but no one speaks about.
What is your secret to staying laser focused in your business?
My desire to never have my children know what’s it like for someone to take away their power, voice, and innocents.
Any tips for balancing a business and your personal life?
Schedule, schedule, schedule!
What is your favorite beauty product to bring along when you travel?
My lip gloss.
Tell us about the outfit that makes you feel confident and beautiful.
My favorite outfit is a costume. I don’t know why but I could wear the same dress for a night out and not feel as badass as if I wear it on stage to perform. So when I want to feel confident I put on my alter ego.
What is your favorite online site to shop for beauty or fashion? aliexpress.com
What motivates you to look your best?
I like the attention I get when looking good and feeling good are in sync.
As an entrepreneur, “Me Time” is limited… what are your time-saving beauty tips?
I don’t spend a lot of time on anything but my hair. My hair, if I do it myself, can take anywhere from 2 hrs to 4 days.
Name one beauty product you can’t live without:
Braiding hair extensions… with color
Heels or flats? Describe your favorite pair.
I love boots!
Lip gloss or Lip Stick? Do you have a favorite brand/color?
For a night out lip gloss, when I’m feeling daring glitter red lips with Tattoo Junkee Pucker-Up Lip Color + Sparkle Lip Effects
Confession Time! What is your biggest fashion and/or beauty concern at the moment?
That my kids come first. I get to take care of their needs before my own.
What is your favorite inspirational quote (and who said it)?
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” — Marilyn Monroe
Please check out Amber’s work on ConsentAlways.com. She has so many helpful tips that we need as parents when talking to our kids about sex!